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Steven Tyler, Bret Michaels & Lynyrd Skynyrd headline Motorcycle Week of music

Motorcycle Week isn't just loud pipes and leathers. There will be music throughout the event, as the first LaconiaFest takes place at the Weirs Beach Drive-In.

Saturday, June 11 – Buckcherry. Also performing: Adelita's Way, Biters, Leaving Eden, Pistol Shot Pete, One Time Mountain, Pulse and more.

Sunday, June 12 – Sebastian Bach. Also performing: Think Pink Floyd, Leaving Eden, Sygnal to Noise, Pulse and more.

Monday, June 13 – Saving Abel, Fuel. Also performing: The Dan Lawson Band, Old Salt Band and more.

Tuesday, June 14 - Leaving Eden, Old Salt Band and more.

Wednesday, June 15 - Steven Tyler. Also performing: The Apocalypse Blues Revue, Loving Mary, Laura Comfort, Leaving Eden, MilowTheGirl, One Time Mountain and more.

Thursday, June 16 - Bret Michaels. Also performing: Warrant, Lita Ford, Trixter, L.A. Guns, Leaving Eden, Apollo Under Fire, Shout at the Devil, Road Dawg, Signal to Noise, Impending Reflections, Eden's Lie and more.

Friday, June 17 - Ted Nugent. Also performing: Bullethead, Gunhouse Hill, Leaving Eden, Apollo Under Fire, As Darkness Dies, Big House Pete, Valor & Vengeance, Lone Wolf James, Dead by Wedneday, Blindside Thunder, Mammothor and more.

Saturday, June 18 - Sevendust. Also performing are P.O.D. Payable On Death, Dope, Attika7, Leaving Eden, Next to None, Everybody Panic!, Uncle Jack, Katet, A Simple Complex, Kiss The Curse, Hyngd, Cross the Divide, Mammothor, Acoustified and more.

Sunday, June 19 - Leaving Eden, Acoustified and more.

Tickets available at laconiafest.com.

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Other musical events during Motorcycle week:

• At the New Hampshire Motor Speedway: Jackyl, Saturday, June 18, after the Loudon Classic. Details at http://www.nhms.com.

• At the Bank of New Hampshire Paviliion:

Saturday, June 11 - Lynyrd Skynyrd and Peter Frampton with Jack Broadbent.

Saturday, June 17 - Brantley Gilbert with Justin Moore and Colt Ford.

Sunday, June 18 - Twenty One Pilots with Mutemath and Chef'Special

Details at www.banknhpavilion.com.

Racing & rock at the speedway during Motorcycle Week

LOUDON — Racing and rock fans won't want to miss the Motorcycle Week events at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The 93rd Loudon Classic is the on-track highlight June 17 to 19. This is the longest-running motorcycle event in North America. The competition features racers from the Loudon Road Racing Series, American Sport Bike Racing Association and Sidecar Racers Association. The local Granite State Legends Cards will also run two races in the Moat Mountain Road Course Series. The AMA Supermoto also returns, with practice on June 17 and the race June 18.

The U.S. Classic Racing Association will kick off the week with two days of vintage motorcycle racing June 11 and 12.Jackyl, a band blending heavy metal with southern rock, will perform June 18, providing a 75-minute concern after the Loudon Classic.
See details at http://www.nhms.com/events/motorcycle_week_at_nhms.

Award & anticipation - Motorcycle Week called big boost for state’s economy


LACONIA — Gov. Maggie Hassan said she hopes that visitors to this year's 93rd anniversary of Laconia Motorcycle Week will "check everything New Hampshire has to offer" and return again and again to the Granite State.
Speaking at a press conference, held Thursday morning at the Laconia Roadhouse next to Faro's Italian Grille at Weirs Beach, Hassan said that the week is a great way to start the summer season and helps to advertise and promote "this wonderful New Hampshire experience."
She said the event brings in $100 million in revenue for New Hampshire businesses and 250,000 visitors, has a major impact on the state's economy and is the oldest motorcycle rally in the country.
Hassan was introduced at the press conference by Cynthia Makris, president of the Laconia Motorcycle Week Association, who said that bikers who visit during the week are very generous and help support many charitable activities, like the 10th annual Peter Makris Memorial Run, which is named for her late father and kicks off activities this Saturday morning. She said that the cycle ride around the lake has raised over $600,000 for charities since it was first started.
Her sentiments were echoed by Doug Asermely, president of Sick Boy Motorcycles, who sponsors the Mae West Memorial Pet Run which will be held Monday morning. The event, now in its third year, raises funds for the New Hampshire Humane Society and is named for cat that Charlie St. Clair adopted from the Humane Society and was his pet for 12 years.
"You can't just come and take the money and go home," said Asermely, "You need to give back, and that is what my customers do."
David McGrath, the new general manager at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, said the speedway will host 10 straight days of motorcycle events, culminating with the Loudon Classic on Saturday, June 18, which is the oldest motorcycle race in the country.
He said the speedway will also be the site of demo rides by seven different motorcycle manufacturers and will host a concert by a Southern Rock group, Jackyl, on June 18.
Laconia Police Chief Chris Adams said he has seen a marked improvement in the relationships between bikers and law enforcement over the last five years and sees that trend continuing.
Laconia Fire Chief Ken Erickson urged riders to "stay off the yellow line" in order to avoid accidents.
He also said that a former Laconia student firefighter, Kyle Jameson, who had gone to work with Hampton Fire Rescue, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma last year. The sad news was received as Kyle's wife, Christine, was seven months pregnant with their first child. Jameson continued chemotherapy with future plans for a bone marrow transplant but the family, with new baby Liam, has had to move to New York City for treatment at Sloan Kettering Institute.
"Kyle is one of those guys who everyone loves and admires," said Erickson, "We really wanted to help him and his family with the outrageous expenses they are taking on to save his life and we are grateful that the Peter Makris Memorial Fund will include Team Jameson in the proceeds of the 2016 run."
However, the bad news arrived on May 15 that Jameson had passed, despite his valiant fight. Makris, already vested in the family's plight, pledged to keep the effort going, raising money to assist Christine and Liam as they learn to carry on without their husband and father.
The Fritizie Baer award for efforts above and beyond on behalf of Laconia Motorcycle Week was presented to Major Russell Conte of the New Hampshire State Police by St. Clair. The award was established by the Baer family in honor of Fritzie, who brought the first American Motorcycle Association sanctioned motorcycle races to what was then the Belknap Recreation Area in 1938.

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The Fritzie Baer award for efforts above and beyond on behalf of Laconia Motorcycle Week was presented to Major Russell Conte of the New Hampshire State Police at a press conference held at the Laconia Roadhouse at Weirs Beach Thursday morning. Shown with Conte, holding the award, are Jennifer Anderson, director of the Laconia Motorcycle Week Association; Gov. Maggie Hassan; Cynthia Makris, president of the association; and behind them Charlie St. Clair, the organization’s executive director. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)